Oct. 6, 2010
TACOMA, Wash. - Complete Results
The No. 11 California Golden Bear women's golf team defended their title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, earning the team title for the second year in a row with a two-shot victory over USC playing the par-72 6,078 yard Tacoma Country & Golf Club Course in Tacoma, Wash.
The Bears led through all three rounds of the tournament. They were up by one stroke after 18 holes, extending their lead to seven strokes after 36 holes. In the final round, the Bears came in at an impressive eight-under. However, USC, led by one of their players, Lisa McCloskey's, shooting a 64, posted a 13-under. The Bears managed to hold on for the team tournament title, finishing at -17 with a two stroke margin over the Trojans. Washington came in third place 30 strokes behind Cal.
"The team played stellar golf down the stretch," said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. "We had six birdies on the final three holes. That is exactly what we needed to do to stay on top of a field like this."
The Bears won the team title at this same event in 2009 with a 15-stroke advantage over second place Stanford. The tournament last season was played at the Sahalee Country Club in nearby Sammamish, Wash. This is the first team title of the season for the Bears.
"The difference this week was that all five players came into all three days in a positive place," McDaniel said."We played a very professional style of golf. After each shot, there was no drama. We were just ready for the next shot. That was our goal for this week. We accomplished it and got the win as a bonus."
The Bears had four players finish in the top 10. Junior Emily Childs, who was tied for the lead after the first round and was in sole possession of first coming into the final round, had another solid round of golf, finishing her final round with a two-under 70. Childs earned the first individual medalist honors of her Bear career by finishing at -10 for the tournament, three strokes ahead of USC's Lizette Salas. This was Childs second top-five finish at this tournament. Last season, Childs placed third, her best showing of the season, with a +5 when the tournament was held at the Sahalee Golf Course.
"Emily worked really hard to work her way back into the lineup and this win was not by accident," McDaniel said. "She played solid. She had some good length, but really it was her consistency. She also brought course management to a new level for herself and the whole team."
Senior Pia Halbig closed out strong, finishing in third place with a 210 (-6). Halbig matched the Cal-record low round mark that she scored in Tennessee, shooting a five-under 67 in the final 18 holes with seven birdies on the day. This was the third straight top-three finish for Halbig. Halbig was the individual medalist last week at the Mason Rudolph Challenge.
Also coming in well under par was junior Daniela Holmqvist. Holmqvist carded a 69 (-3) in her closing round. Holmqvist had four birdies on the back nine to finish in a tie for ninth place at one-over for the tournament.
Junior Joanne Lee struggled in the final round, shooting a four-over, but still managed to finish the tournament at even par, putting her in sixth place. Freshman Nicola Rössler had her lowest round of the tournament, carding a 74 (+2) on the final 18.
The Bears will take a break from competition for a couple of weeks. They return to the tees on Friday, Nov. 5 when they will be competing at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge being hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course. The 54-hole tournament will run Nov. 5-7.
1 Emily Childs 68 68 70 206 3 Pia Halbig 74 69 67 210 T6 Joanne Lee 68 72 76 216 T9 Daniela Holmqvist 74 74 69 217 T39 Nicola Roessler 79 76 74 229
1 California -17 F -8 284 283 280 847 2 Southern California -15 F -13 285 289 275 849 3 Washington +13 F -2 293 298 286 877 T4 Stanford +30 F +1 299 306 289 894 T4 Pepperdine +30 F +10 301 295 298 894 6 Oregon +31 F +2 307 298 290 895 7 UC Davis +32 F +8 298 302 296 896 8 New Mexico State +41 F +9 305 303 297 905 9 San Jose State Univ +53 F +12 313 304 300 917 10 Oregon State U. +56 F +23 306 303 311 920 11 Washington State U. +67 F +16 316 311 304 931 12 Idaho, University of +68 F +20 310 314 308 932 13 Gonzaga University +71 F +25 307 315 313 935 14 Washington (B) +77 F +19 318 316 307 941 15 San Francisco, U. of +80 F +31 308 317 319 944